Categories Residential Plumbing

The importance of your water heaters temperature and pressure relief valve

Some of the earliest water heaters were not equipped with a temperature and pressure relief valve. These manufactures soon realized just how dangerous a water heater can be without one. During a catastrophic tank failure these early water heaters were literally shooting through the roof like a missile. Not to worry, all modern day water heaters are now equipped with a temperature and pressure relief valve. The T&P valve is a small brass valve usually located at the top middle section of your water heater. It is a safety valve designed to relieve pressures above 150 psi and temperatures above 210 degrees. During a catastrophic tank failure, your T&P valve would automatically open relieving the pressure. This ensures your water heater stays where it was installed. This can still make a mess if your T&P valve is not piped to the outside but usually will not involve anyone getting hurt. We have encountered homeowners in the past who have capped this valve off or connected a garden hose to the T&P to wash down the garage. If your T&P valve has a small drip, contact a professional to inspect your water heater and replace your T&P valve. Although capping off this valve stopped the leak, it created a much more dangerous problem.

Categories Residential Plumbing

Fast slab leak locating

Slab leak detection locating in Southwest Florida.

Do you hear the sound of water running but no water to be seen? Many of the homes here in Southwest Florida have the distribution piping installed under the homes slab. The hot and cold piping under the slab is usually piped with no fittings,  meaning the pipes are looped to different areas of the home. So if there are no fittings under the slab, how do I have a leak? A majority of leaks are caused by improper installation or improper back fill around the pipe. Small pinhole leaks form, this small pinhole leak can make a whistle or humming sound as it leaves the pipe.

We have the proper electronic leak detection equipment to find a pinhole leak under a homes foundation slab. After the slab leak has been found, we can quote you a reasonable price to repair or re-route the pipe. Moen Brothers Plumbing & Drain is a licensed and insured Florida plumbing contractor, protect yourself and property by hiring a licensed plumber with the proper equipment to resolve your issue.